16 spots you need to visit in Seoul for the best Instagram pictures

Oh, Seoul, the city that has unofficially stolen our heart with the sheer number of things there are to do. From indulging in warm Korean food at Gwangjang Market to shopping your heart out on Garousu-gil, what better way to commemorate this journey than to snap tons of photos for your Instagram feed?

Here 16 of the best spots in Seoul to take gorgeous OOTD shots for your Instagram feed, so be sure to include them in your itinerary on your next trip to Korea!

1. Common Ground

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You’ve seen it on your feed more times than you can count; this blue shopping mall is made up of 200 shipping containers and is every Instagrammer’s dream come true. The industrial look and colour of Common Ground goes well with almost every type of outfit – you could match it with a grungy, dark-coloured outfit, or go with a contrasting outfit of bright colours like orange and yellow for the photo to really pop.

Address: 200 Achasan-ro, Jayang 4(sa)-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm, daily
Contact: Website | [email protected] | Instagram

2. Garousu-gil

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Get ready to unleash your inner fashionista and strut down Garousu-gil like a boss. This tree-lined street is well-known in the social media sphere as the place to shop, eat, and of course, take OOTD photos. Pose along the pavement to immortalise the street’s small-town European charm, or pop into one of the many cafés lining the street for a quick bite and an elevated view of the scenery. Also, the season in which you visit (summer or winter) can affect the feel of your photos, so plan and pack your outfits accordingly!

Address: Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 24 hours

3. Ihwa Mural Village

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The Ihwa Mural Village, once slated for demolition due to its dilapidation, is now an iconic location for photos taken against quirky backdrops. From interactive murals such as one with angel wings to minimalist modern art paintings, there really is a mural for every outfit at Ihwa. Here’s a tip: There’s going to be quite a bit of walking, so you’d want to pack comfortable shoes for this.

Address: 49 Naksan 4-gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 24 hours

4. Bukchon Hanok  Village

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Take me back in time✨

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Bukchon Hanok Village is where you’d need to be if you want to truly immerse yourself in the Korean culture. The word hanok refers to the many traditional houses dating back to the Joseon dynasty that make up the village. These hanoks are not only photogenic, but also serve as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants, and tea houses. While you’re busy snapping pictures in a hanbok on-site, don’t forget to check out the local boutiques selling Korean traditional crafts and trinkets.

Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 10am to sunset, daily
Contact: Website

5. Yongma Land

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Thrilling Abandoned Theme Park 👻 S E O U L. D-4

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Player gon’ play #lovekorea #ktothailand

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Your face when the holidays come 😍

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Travel back in time to the 1980s when you visit Yongma Land. This abandoned theme park ceased operations in 2011, but has been open since then to visitors for a small price of 5,000 Korean won. You can dress up in retro outfits to match the appearance of the rides, or go bold with modern looks that really highlight the difference in time. Stay in the park till the sun goes down to capture whimsical shots in front of the carousel. Better yet, place your camera behind the puddle specially positioned near the carousel to achieve that coveted reflection shot.

Address: 69-1 Mangu-dong, Jungnang-gu, Seoul
Fees: ₩5,000
Contact: 010-9671-6104

6. LINE flagship store

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my happy place💓

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Just you and me 🐻. . . . . #lineandfriends #seoul

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#line #Seoul #DAY5

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LINE fans out there, you’ve probably heard of the LINE flagship store in Itaewon that trumps all other LINE stores in the world in terms of size. This three-storey high store has the cutest decor – from 3.3m tall standing figurines of Brown and Sally to themed installations – that will leave you spoilt for choice for your next Instagram photo. The store even carries BT21 merchandise that you wouldn’t want to miss out snapping a picture with (or you could just buy them all!)

Address: 200 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 11.30am to 11pm (Mon – Fri), 11am to 11pm (Sat – Sun)
Contact: Website | +82-2-790-0901

7. Hangang Park

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Planning for a spring vacay to Seoul next year? You definitely shouldn’t miss out Hangang Park on your itinerary! The park is divided into four theme-based sections – the Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest – and you can plan your outfits according to the theme of these different sections. Head down to Yunjunro Street after exploring Hangang Park to marvel at the cherry blossoms in bloom from March to May.

Address: 330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 24 hours, daily
Contact: Website

8. COEX Starfield Library

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I C U 👀

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Who knew that a library could steal the hearts of social media addicts all across the globe? The newly opened Starfield Library in COEX Mall boasts a collection of 70,000 books, housed in multiple floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that you’ve definitely seen on the Instagram Explore page. The library welcomes its visitors to read or to simply soak up the atmosphere, and this has cemented its position as a firm crowd-favourite amongst Instagrammers.

Address: 955-9 Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 10.30am to 10pm, daily
Contact: Website | Instagram

9. Haneul Park

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If you enjoy taking golden hour photos amidst tall feathery silvergrass, Haneul Park is a must-visit. Pack lacey outfits in white or cream and accessorise with gold jewellery (headpieces and layered necklaces are good choices) to nail that ethereal look in your photos. The location of Haneul Park as the highest part of the World Cup Park provides you with an amazing bird’s eye view of Seoul, so get your camera ready to snap photos of the scenery too.

Address: 487-48 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6pm, daily
Contact: Website | +82-2-300-5501

10. Stylenanda Pink Hotel

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I wanna wanna turn back the time we had.

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How could we leave out one of the best Instagrammable spots in Seoul from this article? Another firm crowd-favourite, the Stylenanda Pink Hotel is a hotel-themed fashion and cosmetics store decorated with pastel-coloured furniture. It is six stories high, and each storey has a different concept, such as the Laundry level on the fourth floor. You should definitely dress to match in pastel colours for maximum effect on your Instagram feed!

Address: 37-8 Myeongdong 8-gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm, daily
Contact: +82 2-752-4546

11. Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Always dreamt of being royalty? Here’s your chance to look the part – simply rent a hanbok and get your photographer to tail you as you wander around Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is larger and arguably more beautiful than the nearby Changdeokgung and Gyeonghuigung Palaces. Pose against the stunning backdrop of 14th-century architecture or take a walk around the palace gardens, but look out for the photobombs!

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Varies from month to month, to check website for updated information. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact: Website | +82-2-3700-3900

12. Changdeokgung Palace

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Go palace-hopping and pop by Changdeokgung Palace after your visit to Gyeongbokgung. The Changdeokgung Palace has been recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997 due to its history as the place of residence for kings of the Joseon dynasty. There are many photogenic areas within the palace grounds, one of which is the rear garden, boasting a large 300-year-old tree, a pond, and a pavilion that will transport you back to the 1400s.

Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, closed on Mondays
Contact: Website | +82 2-3668-2300

13. Gwangjang Market

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Whether you’re craving for freshly wrapped kimbap or piping hot tteokbokki, you should definitely pay Gwangjang Market a visit. The rustic interior of the market and smiling faces of ajumma screams authentic Korean experience and rightfully so, seeing that this market has been around for over 100 years. After tucking into delicious (and Instagrammable!) Korean food, head up to the second floor where silk, satin, and linen awaits.

Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm, closed on Sundays
Contact: Website | [email protected] | 02-2267-0291

14. Dongdaemun Design Plaza

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Prefer a more futuristic, grey-toned aesthetic on your Instagram feed? You should check out the Dongdaemun Design Plaza for quirky buildings and clean, minimalist staircases that would look good with the understated Korean style. Individual audio guide tours are also offered if you’d like to find out more about the compound while snapping photos. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch a fashion show in action during your visit!

Address: D281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-197
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm, closed on Mondays
Contact: Website | +82-2-2153-0408, +82-2-2153-0000

15. Bukhansan National Park

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Dự định ban đầu là đến Sokcho để leo núi Seoraksan, nhưng may mắn đã thay đổi kế hoạch vì ngại quãng đường từ Seoul đến Sokcho đi về gần 7hrs chưa kể thời gian leo núi. Vé vào khu này khá rẻ, chỉ 1000krw (từ trạm Gupabal bắt bus 704 đến Bukhansanseong rồi đi bộ đến cổng vào), nếu chọn cung khó thì 90% là đường dốc và không có bậc thang, khi còn 300m lên tới đỉnh thì chỉ có dây sắt hai bên để nắm leo lên thôi. Thời tiết mùa này cực kì nóng nên mọi người nên đi mùa thu cho mát mẻ với có lá đỏ cảnh đẹp gấp bội. Khi quay về thì mình không quay lại cung đường cũ nên chọn cung Baegundae, đi xuống tầm 1.5hrs thôi, sau đó bắt bus 120 đến trạm Suyu sẽ đỡ mất thời gian hơn. Ở trên này không bán gì ăn nên phải mang theo đồ ăn và nước uống. Tổng thời gian hiking + ăn trưa là 5hrs. Ngạc nhiên nhất là đa số người lên đây đều là ông già bà cả, khoẻ ghê gớm, thật sự ngưỡng mộ! #bukhansannationalpark #hiking #seoul #mountains #instagram #inspiration #instatravel #passport #feelingood

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Look good, feel good… or is it the other way round? Combine the two by doing a photo shoot on a hike up Bukhansan National Park. This location is popular amongst locals and tourists alike, as its scenic gorges and granite peaks make for a breathtaking view (and backdrop!) If you’re feeling adventurous, try hiking the Bukhansanseong Course to reach Baegundae Peak. This 3.4km route would require around two hours to complete, but the reward of seeing the view from atop the peak? Priceless.

Address: 262, Bogungmun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Closed from sunset to two hours before sunrise
Contact: Website

16. Seoul Forest

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습해도 좋으니 비만 오지마~^

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곧 비가 올 것 같아요~ 오늘은 점심시간에 여유가 생겨 훌쩍~ 일탈을 꿈꾸며 점심을 먹으러 나가보았어요:) 서울숲에 와서 좋은 건 일할 때 많은 분들의 배려에 여유라는 것도 가져보고, 일만 하면서 여유란 걸 느껴 볼 일이 없었는데, 이렇게 좋은 사람들과 예쁜 하루하루를 만들어 가는게 너무 좋아요. . . 9월부터 지혜님이 승급을 준비합니다. 그래서 저희와 잘 어울릴 친구들을 모집합니다. 관심있는 인턴분들 지원해주세요. DM으로 연락주시거나, 매장으로 연락주세요 🙂 #수헤어살롱#성수동미용실#서울숲미용실#뚝섬미용실#구인구직#가족#미용#헤어#성수동#서울숲#

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Can’t get enough of the greens? Seoul Forest Park might just be the place for you to get your fix. Divided into four sections reminiscent of the Hangang Park, the park consists of four parts, Culture & Art Park, Educational Experience Park, Eco-forest Park, and Riverside Park along Hangang River. The volunteer-run Seoul Forest Park has some of the most gorgeous flower patches that come in lots of shapes and sizes, so there is a high chance you can find a flower that matches your outfit.

Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 24 hours, some parts closed on Mondays
Contact: Website | 02-460-2905 | Instagram

Additional reporting by Lim Jia Ying.

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